Dozens of UK arrivals refuse to enter mandatory quarantine at Jerusalem hotel

Dozens of passengers who arrived this afternoon in Israel on flights from the United Kingdom are refusing to be sent to self-isolate at a Jerusalem hotel, after ministers mandated all Israelis arriving from the country must quarantine at state-run facilities due to fears of a coronavirus mutation recorded there.

Some of the passengers who refused to board the buses sought to fly back to London, but the pilot of the EasyJet plane they arrived on refused, saying they hadn’t been denied entry to Israel, the Ynet news site reports.

Several of the passengers bought tickets for a return flight, while 15 passengers on a British Airways plane refused to disembark and will fly back to the UK, the report says.